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Helplines

A list of suggested helplines for advice and support on a range of issues.

Helplines

General

Samaritans
Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.
www.samaritans.org
0845 90 90 90

NHS Direct
0845 4647
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

Abuse

Child Line
Child Line's 24-hour helpline provides support for children and young people suffering from problems such as abuse or bullying.
0800 1111
www.childline.org.uk

Action on Elder Abuse helpline
The Action on Elder Abuse free helpline is available to older adults suffering from abuse, or those concerned about the possible abuse of elderly people.
0808 808 8141
www.elderabuse.org.uk

Addiction

Action on Addiction
0800 126 4130
www.actiononaddiction.org.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous
0845 769 7555
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Babies

Post-Natal Depression Support
0845 043 2031
www.pndsupport.co.uk

Sands National Helpline
The Helpline is for anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby and wants to talk to someone about their experience.
020 7436 5881
www.uk-sands.org

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care
National charity set up to offer free, confidential help to bereaved people.
0870 167 1677
www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

The Child Bereavement Charity
Supports families and educates professionals both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.
01494 568900
www.childbereavement.org.uk

Bullying

Kidscape
08451 205 204
www.kidscape.org.uk

Cancer

Cancer Research UK
0808 800 4040
www.cancerresearchuk.org

Breakthrough Breast Cancer
08080 100 200
www.breakthrough.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Care
0808 808 2020
www.macmillan.org.uk

Everyman Male Cancers
www.everyman-campaign.org
020 7153 5375

Debt

National Debt Line
0808 808 4000
www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

Depression and mental illness

Sane Line
0845 767 8000
www.sane.org.uk

Rethink
0845 456 0455
www.rethink.org

Disfigurement

The Healing Foundation
020 7869 6920
www.thehealingfoundation.org

Changing Faces
0845 4500 275
www.changingfaces.org.uk

Domestic violence

Refuge
0808 2000 247
www.refuge.org.uk

Everyman Project
020 7263 8884
Men are helped to learn to understand their angry thoughts and feelings, and to control their violent and/or abusive behaviours.
www.everymanproject.co.uk

Drug abuse

Talk To Frank
0800 776 600
www.talktofrank.com

Eating disorders

Beat Eating Disorders Helpline
Information and help on all aspects of eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, binge eating disorder and related eating disorders.
0845 634 1414
www.b-eat.co.uk

Parenting

Family Lives
Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.
0800 800 2222
www.familylives.org.uk

Rape

Rape Crisis
0808 802 9999
www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Relationships

Relate
Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through the website.
0845 130 4010
www.relate.org.uk

Sexual orientation

Lesbian And Gay Foundation
0845 330 30 30
www.lgf.org.uk

Transgendered

The Beaumont Society
The Beaumont Society is a national self-help body run by and for those who cross-dress or are transsexual.
01582 41220